Tuesday, October 28, 2014

San Diego Shores Goes Undefeated at 2014 Rock-tober Classic in Mesa, AZ

Olympian and USA Water Polo Hall of Fame member Craig Wilson Participates in Medal Ceremony

San Diego Shores Victory Pose Photo By Mike Stockman


By Mike Stockman
Copyright 2014 Phoenix Area Sports

 Mesa, Arizona – (Sunday, Oct. 26) The Championship game of the 2014 Rock-tober PCA 12 and Under USA Water Polo Classic left no doubt as to who was “Number 1” at Kino Aquatic Center in Mesa, AZ on Sunday Oct. 26. The San Diego Shores team, led by coaches Charlie Equels and Nicole Maichrowicz, won 8 – 4 against Long Beach Shore Aquatics Red, coached by Chase Mccoll, to finish the tournament undefeated. San Diego Shores finished the tournament with an impressive 52 goals while only allowing their competition to score 18 goals.

Players on the Champion San Diego Shores team included: James Derrod, Garrett Johnson, Trevor Fritts, John Cassidy, Christopher Ball, Tanner Collins, David Brown, Marco Zagarra, Samuel De La Cruz, Max Stone, Evan Wilson, Jason Lynn, Benjamin Budic, Joshua Corvi, Gavin Rosser, and Peter Joseph Marmanillo.

 The Second Place team, Long Beach Shore Aquatics Red, only lost two games over the weekend – both against SD Shores. In the first loss of 7.4 – 7.3, the game ended in a sudden death shoot-out after four hard fought periods with the lead changing often.

Third Place was awarded to Mid Valley Water Polo, coached by Davit Gharagyozyan after winning 9 – 6 against Vanguard Blue, coached by Nemanja Jokanovic.

Other teams that participated in the first “Rock-tober” tournament hosted by Mesa Water Polo Academy included LA Premier, Greenwich, SOCAL Boys, Commerce, Pacific Polo, Chelsea Piers, Colorado, SOCAL Girls, Viper Pigeons, Mesa Water Polo “A”, Mesa Water Polo “B”, and Albuquerque.

As a special treat, the trophy ceremony included water polo Olympian and USA Water Polo Hall of Fame member Craig Wilson who passed out the medals and shook the hand of each young player and their coaches.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Arizona Wildcats Tie #6 Ranked Texas Aggies

Arizona Wildcats tie Texas Aggies at Sun Devil Classic

Sun Devils surprise the Aggies in a heated match

By Mike Stockman
Copyright TexSport Publications
Photo by Mike Stockman-Copyright 2014-All Rights Reserved
TEMPE, ARIZONA (September 7, 2014) The Texas Aggies fell in a heated match against the Arizona State Sun Devils by the score of 2-1 at the Sun Devil Soccer Classic on Sunday, September 7, 2014.
The Aggies were 2-0 against the Sun Devils prior to the game. In 1998, the Aggies won their first game against the Sun Devils with a score of 3-1. Last year, the Aggies won a commanding victory over the Sun Devils 3-1 at Ellis Field in College Station.
On this afternoon, with the temperatures reached 102 degrees in Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, the Aggies were unable to keep up with the sun and the Sun Devils.
Photo by Mike Stockman-Copyright 2014-All Rights Reserved

In the stands packed with fans from both teams, cold water was as valuable as shade. Where there was an umbrella or shade structure, fans huddled for protection. Where there was a water source, fans would get inline and pay up to $7 a bottle.

On the field, the Aggies took an early lead when mid-fielder Mikaela Harvey passed to forward Kelley Monogue who scored in the 4th minute.
In the 41st minute, the Sun Devils tied the game with a corner kick from mid-fielder
Tommi Goodman; which was headed into the goal by Rachel Ometer.
The Sun Devils would score again in the 88th minute with a chip shot over the goalkeeper by Mackenzie Semerad. She was assisted by forward Jessica Raybe.

The Aggies next game will be Thursday night at 7 p.m. at home against FGCU. It will be viewable on the SEC Network and radio at 1150 AM.